What killed my hen and how do I keep my flock healthy?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by HappyClucker7, Jun 5, 2017.

  1. HappyClucker7

    HappyClucker7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yesterday we lost our one year old Australorp, Peppa.

    The day before she came out of the hen house with the rest of our flock and seemed normal at breakfast. A little while later we went back down to the coop and noticed that she was letting out a runny, stinky green-brown poop. Then she went to lay down in the corner of the coop and didn't move from that spot for the rest of the day.

    A little later, we noticed she was drooling from her beak and her comb was purplish. The other hens started picking on her so we took her into the garage in a temporary run we set up for her. She appeared very weak and we looked up on the internet (this site included) her symptoms.

    She laid an egg the day before so probably not egg bound. The drool didn't stink. Her crop felt normal. There was no wheezing, no beak discharge, no runny eyes. We gave her some water with apple cider vinegar and a little scrambled egg since she didn't eat anything since breakfast (and she was normally a good eater). We also gave her some softened food pellets too.

    Early in the day, she kept down what we fed her and she seemed to perk up. In the evening however, she vomited up the food and started looking week again. A woman who sells and keeps chickens nearby told us she might have eaten something toxic (maybe a fungus in the coop since it's been so wet in our area lately). She recommended a crushed up charcoal tablet, which we fed her. We stayed up with her as long as we could and she was still alive when we went to sleep. By the morning though she'd died.

    When we finally could get hold of the only vet around here who specializes in chickens, he seemed perplexed too and said it was either heart failure or pneumonia. We're wondering now if that could be correct and what measures we need to take to keep the rest of the flock healthy.

    Any advice would be much appreciated.
     
  2. Loudawg11

    Loudawg11 Out Of The Brooder

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    A clean coop and good nutritional food for the chickens is important and also using coop bedding materials like hay or pine shavings to soak up urine to prevent ammonia. You should also be feeding your chickens a variety of foods to balance there diet and do daily/weekly checks on all your chickens to make sure they are as healthy as can be. Nothing sterile but clean and healthy.
     
  3. Glenda Heywoodo

    Glenda Heywoodo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well here is a sure thing to keep the flock healthy
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/th...elping-sick-chicks-or-adult-chickens.1151160/
    Glenda Heywood
    WET MASH PROBIOTIC RECIPE FOR A SINGLE CHICKEN
    IF CHICKEN IS MOULTING AND IS STRESSED DO THIS FOR ITS HEALTH:
    ALSO IF TREATING SICK CHICKS OR ADULTS
    IE: WORMING, ANY TYPE DISEASE OR COCCIDIOSIS ETC:
    ...
    Glenda Heywood now the
    natural probiotic recipe is this:
    1 qt of dry crumbles
    1 tsp of dry flax seed meal (the kind for huans)
    2 qts of milk, sweet, sour, or buttermilk or a mixture of all or some
    1/4 cup of non flavored yoguart ( no artificial sweetmer)
    mix good.
    do not make sloopy JUST WET AND CHICKENS WILL EAT IT BETTER
    chickens do not like sloppy feed AS IT STICKS ON THEIR BEAKS.

    ADULT CHICKENS
    NOW THE IMPORTANT INGRIEDIENT FOR EACH CHICKEN FED
    and add 1- 400 mg of Vit E (PER CHICKEN FED WET MASH PROBIOTIC MIXTURE) by cutting the end off the vit E capsule for each chicken fed this wet mash
    putting the vitamin E in the wet mash and mix wet mash good to get vitamin E in every chickens amount
    this for each chicken your treating
    so for each chicken use 4 tsp of mixture and 1-400 mg of Vit E
    twice a day for them till the birds feathers are grown out then just three times a week feed wet mash and cut back on the vitamin E to 400 mg once a week
    and feed each chicken
    4 tsp full of the wet mash probiotic and what they will clean up in 20-30 minutes
    then clean wet feeders and restock dry crumbles
    IE: or each chicken your making wet mash probiotic for
    DO THIS
    4 tsp of feed, I/4 tsp of dry flax seed meal,and 1 tsp of the yoguart and just enough milk to mix it good not sloppy wet. And add the 400 mg Vitamin E once a week if not sick
    IF SICK (for each chicken fed wet mash now)feed 1 vit E 100 mg cut and put in wet Mash twice a day per chicken that is sick.
    Also a Vit B complex, crushed in tbsp. and then add drops of water to dissolve it and add to wet mash.
    1-selenium tablet crushed in tbsp. and few drops of water to dissolve it and add to wet mash mixture and stir very good.

    CHICKS RECIPE:
    DO THIS
    IF CHICKS ARE SICK add a 400 mg vitamin E ONCE A DAY TO THE ABOVE: ie: 1 QT OF CRUMBLES AND 2 QTS OF WATER AND 1/4 CUP PLAIN YOGUART
    (this is for any and all kinds of sickness ).
    DO NOT USE MILK WHEN FEEDING CHICKS USE WATER.
    ALSO IF TREATING CHICKENS WHO ARE SICK
    DO NOT put Apple Cider Vinegar in the water while giving medication
    OTHER WISE use 2 tabelspoons of ACV to the gallon when not feeding medication
    Glenda Heywood Cassville Missouri
     
  4. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls Be Happy! Read more. Premium Member

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    Sorry for your loss.
    I would suggest keeping the coop clean and feeding fermented feed.
     
  5. HappyClucker7

    HappyClucker7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the answers so far. The coop however is regularly cleaned. There are also pine shavings and plenty of bedding. They have a balanced diet with fresh, chicken edible foods. So still stumped. Thus far, all the other hens look fine.
     
  6. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls Be Happy! Read more. Premium Member

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    Did you check for lice and mites?
     
  7. HappyClucker7

    HappyClucker7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We did check for lice and mites, but couldn't find any. Would that kill a chicken so quickly?
     
  8. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls Be Happy! Read more. Premium Member

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    Yes they can but I don't think they cause nasty poops.
    Worms are more likely.
    Have your chickens ever been wormed?
    Can you take some fresh poop into your vet and have them do a fecal on it?
    It's cheap and quick.
     
  9. HappyClucker7

    HappyClucker7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wouldn't you see the worm tough?
     
  10. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls Be Happy! Read more. Premium Member

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    No not necessarily, most can't be seen by the naked eye.
    And usually you will only see them pass roundworms when they are full of them.
     

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